Interview: Night Engine
So. Night Engine. Quite the audio treat, are they not? Many a conversation has taken place in the Killing Moon Battlestar Galactica about how 2012 curveballer I’ll Make It Worth Your While is arguably the greatest guitar track to emerge on the indie rock scene since Franz Ferdinand started making people go “dew-dew-diddle-lew-dew-dew” circa-a while ago, coupled with a vocal that you may well have such a hard time differenciating from that of Bowie‘s that you’d instinctively wish he’d released that himself instead of the sort-of deflated Where Are We Now that he’s done recently. The conversations are indeed ongoing. This means this band are what, we like to call, relevant. Seems we are not the only ones that think so. Of late, online musical big-boys The Guardian have taken it upon their merry selves to throw the band all manners of props, in no small part evidenced by this wee little video that got whacked up online a week or so ago. So, yeah. They’re good. They’re gearing up for their biggest headline date to, um, date at The Borderline on 20th February, presumably to serve as a live launchpad for a single they’ve got coming out on 18th February which happens to be a double-whamster by the name(s) of Seventeen and Treat Me Like A Baby. We dig. But we need to dig further, into the hearts, minds and souls of these strong-looking chappies. It just so happens that two years ago we developed a series of 6 questions designed to break the mental fortresses of even the most iron-willed. We tried it out on a couple of people, as a trial thingy. Some of them died trying to escape our grip on their brain-heads. Let’s see how these boys get on…
Night Engine – Seventeen/Treat Me Like A Baby
Could you introduce yourselves for the hi-brow readership of the Killing Moon blog?
Hello, we are Night Engine. We formed last January . The band consists of me, Phil, on vocals on guitar, Ed on bass, Dom on keys and Lee on drums. We play simple and direct music which we call brutal pop.
KM: Heya Phil. You’re our favourite; we watched you basically stoic-stare the audience into getting off to your shit at The Social a few months back. The music helped, obviously. We often wonder whether there is much anger in you or not, with a strong-look like that. We’re just gonna go ahead and assume you are a bit angry, by virtue of naming your music as brutal pop. Bless your heart sir.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBH9eYwrMBo]
Favourite release of the last 12 months, and why?
David Byrne and St. Vincent – Love This Giant. I love the fact that even after being in one of the greatest bands ever, being one of the most admired musicians of his generation, author, film maker, lecturer and visual artist, David Byrne, like Scott Walker still consistently re-assesses how he approaches his work. Instead of recording with a conventional band set-up, he’s used a brass band. What’s not to like? Plus St. Vincent is ace and the perfect match for David Byrne.
KM: Good shout. We’ve not actually listened to this before. We’ve only seen pictures of their pointy faces in magazines.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpPYKJAnwUo]
Favourite show of the last 12 months, and why?
La Shark at Corsica Studios. These guys are something else. Shortly into the set the singer was hanging from the lighting rig and in the last song the bass player was crowd surfing whilst playing the riff perfectly. I’ve not seen a crowd react like for a long time. They are a truly, truly special band.
KM: Right on.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pajzNqq-BWw]
If you could moon anyone, or anything, who or what would it be?
What’s that guy’s name from The Only Way is Essex called? Mark Wright? I don’t want to get into mudslinging but he’s just awful. How does he sleep at night? Apart from on a bed of money with a bevy of beautiful women.
KM: Come come now Mr.
Bond Phil, we both know you enjoy killing mudslinging just as much as we do. The man is a dick. A big ol’ sweaty piece of dick. Moon away brother, moon away.
You’re about to be killed. You get to pick one song to hear before your inevitable demise. What’s it gonna be?
We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it but if you’re about to die it’s probably better to have something comical. Maybe a recording of that Turkish pop idol woman singing Badfinger’s Without You. You’ll definitely be smiling and maybe your attacker will as well when he shoots you in the face with a big gun.
KM: It took us ages to find this. Turns out the song isn’t called Without You at all. It is called Ken Lee. And apparently it’s Mariah Carey’s. If we had to listen to this in the above context then we’d take our attackers gun and shoot ourselves in the face.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQt-h753jHI]
Killing In The Name Of, or Dark Side Of The Moon?
For me it’s Killing in the Name Of, the decision isn’t really musical it’s more nostalgic. Seeing Rage Against the Machine at Wembley Arena when I was 15 was an important experience. Also it reminds of when I was having dinner with my parents and my Gran and this track came on. As you know there is a particular word that keeps coming up at the end that my Gran would not be happy about. In an attempt to cover our backs, my brother and I coughed every time that word came up which is harder than it sounds.
KM: We sympathise. We have to, um, scream every time a sex scene happens when we’re watching the telly with our parents. They’re suprisingly too cool with it otherwise. We were watching the box-set of Game Of Throneson Christmas Day-eve, for example. A coughing fit ensued.
Seventeen/Treat Me Like A Baby is out on 18th February.
Night Engine play The Borderline on 20th February.
Thanks to Tilly @ Murray Chalmers.